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Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Mental illnesses have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of our citizens and their families. The Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at USC is committed to excellence in clinical service, teaching, and research by providing cutting edge treatments to help improve clinical care for the citizens of South Carolina. The Department works closely with its many partners including Palmetto Health Alliance, South Carolina Department of Mental Health and Veterans Administration.

The Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science Outpatient Clinic has been operating since the 1980s, with 32 participating faculty. The clinic offers comprehensive mental health services for South Carolina’s children, adolescents and adults. Services provided at this site include: Major Psychiatric Diagnosis, Substance Abuse, assessment of Autism and Related Disorders, assessment of Infant, toddler and preschool children, behavioral therapies, child and adolescent mental health, family services and forensic consultation. A network of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals coordinate a clinically advanced, compassionate approach to patient care. A supportive environment for education, research, and outreach to the community is provided through outpatient clinics, consultation activities and affiliated inpatient facilities.

Our teaching programs including medical student education programs, residency training programs in General (Adult), Child Psychiatry, Forensic and Geriatrics offer a wide range of training experience for trainees in the public, private and academic sector. We are able to attract some of the brightest residents and provide comprehensive integrated training in the biology, psychopharmacology and psychosocial approaches to understanding and treating mental illnesses. The trainees are trained by a dedicated and committed group of core faculty.

This Department has a highly productive research division with an excellent track record of successfully procuring federal, pharmaceutical industry and foundation grants within a very short time frame focusing on major psychiatric illnesses. Research is being conducted in several areas of mood, psychosis, substance abuse, autism and comorbid mental illness. The research team has been successful in fostering inter and intra institutional collaborations with prestigious institutions including Duke, Dartmouth, Emory, Vanderbilt, Medical University of South Carolina, Medical College of Georgia, Tufts, USC-SOM and other USC Schools. They also conduct health policy research in collaboration with other state agencies.

Meera Narasimhan, M.D. 

Links to Dr. Narasimhan's Work

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Dr. Meera Narasimhan Named Psychiatrist of the Year.

Insomnia and Psychiatric Illness: Presented at APA